The Big Ride – Heavenly Sunshine (Florida)

My ride on Welcome to FloridaWednesday, May 27, 2015 took me from Savannah, Georgia to Daytona Beach, Florida with a stop in St Augustine, Florida.  Not having visited Florida before, I took advantage of stopping at the Tourist Centre when I crossed the state line.  It was an impressive centre offering numerous free publications, informative staff and “fresh Florida orange juice”.

Enjoying fresh Florida orange juice at the State Information Centre
Enjoying fresh Florida orange juice at the State Information Centre

The stop in St Augustine was very pleasant.  What a beautiful little town. The weather was warm…okay it was darn right hot out yesterday and by the time I left I was riding without my motorcycle jacket in an effort to keep me from melting into the pavement.

You know you are south when all you can see in the distance are palm trees
You know you are south when all you can see in the distance are palm trees

St Augustine is one of the oldest cities in the US and was founded in 1565 by the Spanish and served as the capital city of Florida for a couple hundred years during the the Spanish rein.  The Spanish influence is evident in the architecture which was impressive and left me with the impression that I was transported back in time.

Cathedral1 Cathedral

St Augustine

Here’s a great “tip jar” I saw while picking up an iced coffee before heading back out on the road to Dayton Beach, Florida.

I love the establishments sense of humour :)
Money the root of all evil – Cleanse yourself here 🙂

My arrival in Daytona Beach was finished off with a fresh seafood dinner on the patio of my hotel which over looked the ocean, followed by a walk on the beach as the sun started to set.  Nothing beats kicking off your motorcycle boots and feeling the warmth of the ocean lapping against your feet.  The ride in the heat to get here was oh so worth it!!

A walk on the beach
A walk on the beach

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